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For more than 75 years, the Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries for Chicago mothers. However, when modern medicine's attitude toward home birth changed and funding from Northwestern University declined in 1974, the center was forced to close. This film interweaves the history of the center with the stories of a young woman about to have her first baby and the center's fight to stay open in the face of the corporate takeover of medicine.
Extras included in this package:
- PHOTO of Betsy Martens, an original Kartemquin Collective-era member, during the Chicago Maternity Center Story shoot.
- PHOTO of the Chicago Maternity Center front entrance.
-Chicago Maternity Center Brochure. A brochure used to advertise the 16mm film in the mid-late 1970s.
- ARTICLE by Cineaste. In 1975, the Kartemquin Films Collective was interviewed for Cineaste, "the leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema."
The interview took place during the filming of The Chicago Maternity Center Story, which receives a mention, amongst a wealth of rich Chicago filmmaking history from the Collective-era members: Jerry Blumenthal, Vicki Cooper, Suzanne Davenport, Susan Delson, Judy Hoffman, Sharon Karp, Peter Kuttner, Betsy Martens, Jenny Rohrer, Gordon Quinn, and Teena Webb.
For more than 75 years, the Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries for Chicago mothers. This film interweaves the history of the center with the stories of a young woman about to have her first baby and the center's fight to stay open in the face of the corporate takeover of medic...
The Chicago Maternity Center Story is a 1976 feature-length documentary film produced by Kartemquin Films. It tells the story of The Chicago Maternity Center as it fights to stay open despite declining funding. The center had been open for 75 years, but was forced to close in light of modern medi...